Wettest August in 53 years as severe weather lashes Perth
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Wettest August in 53 years as severe weather lashes Perth

Perth is about to say goodbye to the wettest winter in 15 years as a severe weather warning with damaging winds and buckets of rain has been issued for large parts of the state on Wednesday.

Rain lashed Perth for most of the day as the state records the wettest August in 53 years.

Rain lashed Perth for most of the day as the state records the wettest August in 53 years.

It has been the wettest August in Perth since 1965, with the Mount Lawley gauge recording 184.8 millimetres for the month so far.

Margaret River recorded a whopping 51 millimetres of rain for the day since 9am, according to Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Mark Paul.

In the metro area Pearce gauges collected 18 millimetres and the city of Perth 9.4 millimetres after heavy rain for most of the day.

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The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued a severe weather warning for parts of the Perth metropolitan area, the lower South West and the Midwest-Gascoyne region.

Locations which may be affected include Busselton, Margaret River, Augusta, Dunsborough, Lancelin and Yanchep.

"It will last for a couple of hours and the rain will ease off tonight," Mr Paul said.

DFES advises people living in parts of the lower West and South West districts to take action and stay safe with the severe weather coming in.

The Bureau of Meteorology said a deep low pressure system was currently sitting over the south-west of the state, producing strong and gusty south-westerly winds.

Winds with gusts up to 100 km/h were threatening to damage homes and property over the next few hours from 6pm onwards, but winds would gradually moderate during this evening and the night.

Rottnest Island reported wind gusts of 106 km/h at 2:30 pm and Cape Naturaliste reported 102 km/h at 1:49pm.